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Trout, Angels finalize record $432M deal

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ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) Mike Trout and the Los Angeles Angels on Wednesday night announced their 12-year contract, a record deal that ties baseball's top player to the Orange County club for what likely will be the rest of his career.

A person with knowledge of the contract told The Associated Press on Tuesday that the deal is worth $432 million, shattering baseball's previous high set when Bryce Harper and Philadelphia struck a $330 million, 13-year agreement earlier in spring training. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the deal had not yet been finalized.

The Angels will celebrate with a public appearance by Trout outside Angel Stadium on Sunday when the team returns from spring training for the first of three exhibitions against the Dodgers. Fans are invited to welcome home the two-time AL MVP, who already ranks among the most accomplished players of his generation.

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MVP Betts plans to wait for free agency

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) Don't expect AL MVP Mookie Betts to agree to a long-term contract with the Boston Red Sox before he can become a free agent in late 2020.

Despite Mike Trout's $432 million, 12-year agreement with the Los Angeles Angels, Nolan Arenado's $260 million, eight-year deal with the Colorado Rockies and Alex Bregman's pending $100 million, six-year contract with the Houston Astros, Betts is content to remain on track for testing the market.

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Ichiro, M's top A's in Tokyo MLB opener

TOKYO (AP) Ichiro drew all the cheers. Most everyone else on the Seattle Mariners did all the hitting.

A crowd that came to salute Ichiro Suzuki in his homeland saw Domingo Santana deliver the biggest hit at the Tokyo Dome, a grand slam that sent Seattle over the Oakland Athletics 9-7 Wednesday in the Major League Baseball opener.

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Harper gets 1st hit after 0-for-9 start

Bryce Harper got his first hit of spring training.

Harper lined a 97-mph fastball to center in the fourth inning of Wednesday's game against Detroit his first spring training hit with the Philadelphia Phillies after a 0-for-9 start.

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Status for Lindor for opener still iffy

GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) With a hop off his feet turning a double play and by driving a ball nearly over the fence, Indians three-time All-Star shortstop Francisco Lindor moved closer to returning from a right calf strain.

Yet his status for opening day on March 28 at Minnesota remains uncertain.

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Yanks guest Mazzilli hit by batted ball

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) New York Yankees guest instructor Lee Mazzilli was struck in the head by a ball in batting practice Wednesday and taken to a local hospital.

Yankees spokesman Jason Zillo said in an email that Mazzilli "will spend the night at the hospital for observation."

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Astros' Pressly has $17.5M added to deal

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) Right-hander Ryan Pressly remembered joining the Houston Astros and meeting Jose Altuve.

"The second I walked through the front door, Altuve gave me a big hug and said, `Thank God I don't have to face you anymore.' I said I can say the same thing about you," Pressly said Wednesday.

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Rays rookie Lowe gets $24M, 6-year deal

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. (AP) Rookie Brandon Lowe, who made his big league debut last August, has agreed to a $24 million, six-year contract with the Tampa Bay Rays.

Lowe's deal, announced Wednesday, includes club options for 2025 and 2026 with escalators based on MVP voting that could make the agreement worth $49 million over eight seasons.

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Braves may have 3 open spots in rotation

KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) When they started spring training, the Atlanta Braves had one opening in their pitching rotation. With a week to go before opening day, they may have three.

The Braves are holding out some hope that Kevin Gausman will work through his shoulder soreness in time to pitch a game in the first turn through their rotation.

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